We are finally reaching the end of rainy season and we are quite excited about the "summer" season that is to begin any time. We have concluded that summer means something different here than it does in the states. They all call November, December and January "summer," but they also tell us that those are not the hottest months of the year. We think that the definition of summer is "the season that follows the rain." Regardless of whether it's hotter or colder we're just glad that the rain is about to stop.
Rainy season makes it quite difficult for doing laundry, but on the plus side we have been very lucky, because we arrived at our house in Guatemala to find the exact same whirlpool washing machine as we had at our house in Virginia! That was a pleasant surprise. However, I have yet to see a dryer here, and really there's no need for one, except in rainy season. Laundry becomes a race between me and the rain. I usually try to to put the wash in as soon as I wake up in the morning and hopefully it's on the line by 8 or 9. But, usually out of nowhere, on a perfectly sunny day it will instantly start to rain. As soon as I hear the first drop of rain I run outside, grab all our things and then hang them all over the living room. We only have one covered line and it is quite short. However, sometimes the rain beats me. More than a hand full of times we've been out at the market or at the hospital when the rain starts. This is never good. All of our things get completely soaked and the next day I start over again.